Touching tributes have been paid to a 24-year-old trainee paramedic who died suddenly over the weekend.
Georgia Barron worked as an ambulance care assistant at the same time as studying to be a paramedic, which was a job she was "excited" to begin, her heartbroken family say.
Tragically her life and promising career with the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), was cut short on Saturday, May 15, ChronicleLive reports.
The "valued friend and colleague" from Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, had been an ambulance care assistant with the patient transport service for two years.
Thanks to the support and encouragement of her colleagues, Georgia was offered a place at Sunderland University to study paramedic science.
She had only recently passed all of her first-year exams and began her placements with the emergency care teams at NEAS.
Her devastated family have said she loved every day working at the ambulance service, seeing everyone and working alongside her colleagues.
NEAS has said Georgia had built a network of friendships and will be "greatly missed" by staff, students and patients alike.
A spokeswoman said: "We regret to announce the death of valued friend and colleague, Georgia Barron.
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"Georgia was an ambulance care assistant on our patient transport service, studying to be a paramedic.
"Her family tell us how excited she was to begin her career as a paramedic and how she loved every day at NEAS.
"Georgia had worked for the trust for two years and had built a network of friendships across our service, as well as with her fellow students.
"Georgia will be greatly missed and on behalf of everyone here at NEAS, including our patients and the communities we serve, we offer our sincere condolences to the family.
"This will deeply affect many people within our service and we are supporting our staff and students during this very sad time."
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